“You don’t sound too well, what’s wrong?“. “It’s nothing, just practicing some symptoms of sickness for my fake sick day.” Do you want to practice it too? Here are 5 effective ways how to fake being sick.
Going to school every day can be tedious especially when you have the latest episode of that one interesting web series to catch up on, or are probably too lazy to get out of bed. But, taking a day off from school is not as easy as it may seem.
Being sick is probably a convincing way for your parents to let you off and enjoy. Let us discover some fun and effective ways how to fake being sick.
It is the time to play hooky. So, what are you waiting for? Scroll down to know more.
A. How To Fake Being Sick?
1. Fake a Fever
“You’re burning like a hot light bulb!” Faking a fever is one of the most common ways to faking sick. But, before directly pretending to be down with a fever, you must start to show some slight symptoms like running out of energy, being fatigued, having headaches, and having a sore throat, a day before.
Some other symptoms of fever include cold sweat, having a high temperature of the body, watery eyes, feeling cold, having a dry mouth and etc. You may start to show these symptoms right after waking up, the next day.
Sounds pretty easy, doesn’t it? But, here’s the twist. How would you increase your body temperature to make your parents believe you are sick?
1.1 How To Increase Your Body Temperature?
Here’s the challenging part but, don’t worry we have you covered. Here are a few fun yet easy ways to increase your body temperature:
- Use a warm quilt: This is probably the easiest way to do so. All you have to do is look for a warm quilt and put it on. Stay under the quilt for a while until you feel like your body has heated up.
- Exercise: Going for a little walk or exercising briefly is known to increase the temperature of the body. You can consider this method for doing so but, be sure not to get caught while exercising because a sick person does not have enough energy to exercise.
- Eat Spicy Foods: Spicy foods like chilies, and jalapenos cause the temperature of the body to rise. You might want to try eating chili for it. But make sure you don’t binge eat on it as eating too much spicy food may cause an upset stomach for real.
- Use a hot compress/ heating pad: You can use hot compresses or electric heating pads to warm your body up a bit. Again, don’t overdo it as it may cause problems if you do it too much.
Apart from this, there are a few more ways that might help you:
- Raise the temperature of the thermometer: This can be done by various methods, some of which are running the thermometer under hot water, rubbing the tip of the thermometer with your fingers, Shaking the thermometer vigorously such that the level of the mercury inside it rises and etc.
- Excuse yourself for going to the washroom: Fever may cause you to use the washroom frequently. You may use this as an advantage and keep using the washroom so that it feels that you’re indeed unwell.
2. Fake an Upset Stomach
Another commonly used excuse to stay home is food poisoning. You can start by complaining about having a stomach ache a day prior. Also, keep in mind that you are supposed to have less food or refuse to have food completely in order to make it sound realistic. You can’t be binge eating with a tummy ache.
You might even consider telling your parents how you feel nauseous and that you still remember that childhood vomiting incident. You feel exactly the same way, with strong waves of nausea hitting you from time to time.
The next day, right after you wake you can start to show the other symptoms of food poisoning. Make sure to visit the washroom and stay in there for quite some time, pretend to vomit by making retching sounds in the washroom, and have a throw-up bucket next to your bed and keep rubbing your stomach repeatedly.
Want to make food poisoning even more real? Why not prepare a fake vomit and throw it all up in front of your mom? Sounds gross, doesn’t it? It is gross but a crucial step to faking an upset stomach like a pro.
“Mommy, I don’t feel so well!” Barfffffff”. Oh boy! what a terrible sight. But, effective enough to make your mother believe you are truly sick and let you stay home. She might even end up advising you to sleep in perhaps saving most people from having to witness the horrifying sight she had to witness.
2.1 How To Prepare a Fake Vomit?
You can have a look at this video to get a better understanding by looking at the visuals of it:
3. Fake the Flu/Cold
The easiest way to fake being sick is to catch a cold or the flu. Why easy you must be wondering! it is because this is the simplest sickness to act and make others believe. Don’t believe it? Let’s have a look.
“Cough Cough, I don’t know why I feel so cold today.” Pretty easy to say with some voice modulation, and being wrapped up into a roll with the quilt, laying cozily on your bed, isn’t it? Want to give it a touch of realness? Sniffing pepper would help induce sneezing and coughing mechanisms in your body to get rid of the particles of the spice.
It would also help you get a stuffy nose or a runny nose to make matters interesting. It sounds fun but can get risky if you overdo it. Make sure to do it in healthy amounts and don’t just keep on doing it, it might make you get the illness for real while attempting to fake sick.
The common cold is always associated with sore throats, you can complain about having a sore throat along with a dry mouth and ask your mother to hand you a bottle of warm water for the same. It is worth mentioning that the hot water bottle is really helping you with your terrible throat ache.
4. Fake a Sprained Ankle
Spraining an ankle may not be considered being sick but sure is a way to help you not go to school. You just have to act like you are unable to walk properly. Bandaging the target leg, not putting weight on the target leg, and walking with support are a few ways to make people believe that you have your ankle sprained.
Also, make it a point to reduce your movement and prefer sitting rather than walking around. It might make things suspicious. To make it even more effective try taking bed rest and not moving at all. Another important thing to do is hiss in pain, doing so would convince others that you are truly in pain.
An amazing excuse to stay at home and laze around watching your favorite web series or playing your favorite online game. Be assured, even a doctor might not be able to tell that you’re faking it if you pretend to be in pain well enough. The least the doctor would say is, “it’s just a small injury, some rest would help it get better in a day or two. ”
5. Fake an Episode of Migraine
“Ouch! my head hurts so bad, I think it’s yet another episode of migraine.” A migraine is a sickness you need not have prepared for, on a prior basis. It is something you can just wake up with and it is the simplest way to fake sick. You fall asleep and wake up with a bad case of migraine the next morning. You don’t really have to put in as much effort because its symptoms do not include the ones that need to be acted out.
All you have to do is grumble about having a throbbing pain in your head and sound tired. Probably the best excuse to fake illness and stay home, isn’t it?
B. Tips and Tricks To Make It Realistic
1. Fake Sick a Day Before You Skip School
This is the most important thing to do a day prior to skipping school. Pretending to be ill 15 minutes before going to school would make it obvious enough to your parents. For your parents to believe that you are indeed unwell, we must prepare well before.
Decide the sickness you want to fake and properly research the symptoms faced in it. Begin pretending to have the symptoms of the illness one by one, at least 24 hours before. Start with slight symptoms then move on to pretending the other symptoms. It is crucial to take it at the right pace and with proper consistency.
Start eating lesser, say no even to the things you enjoy doing, and go off to bed early no matter how energized you are. In addition, make sure to take care of some additional measures like applying a pale foundation, going off to bed early, resting your head on the desk occasionally, and complaining.
2. Pretend To Be in Discomfort
This is another important trick to make your fake sick feel realistic and believable. Pretend to be in discomfort as much as, it is an important step for the people around you to see and hear you feeling ill.
Showing the inability to stay focused on the tasks you are doing, putting on an act of being tired, using headaches as an excuse to not doing even your favorite things, talking about thinking of visiting the doctor’s office, not being your usual self are a few tips to show you are in discomfort.
Create a situation where the people around you are compelled to sympathize with you and try to put themselves in your shoes. By doing so, it would appeal to them to let you off from school for a day or two.
3. Complain on the Decided Sick Day
Complaining about how you feel is the best thing you can do to make your friends and parents believe in you. It is the time to bring out the cried wolf in you. Sounds like a bad idea. But, honestly, it works wonders.
Nobody likes to complain for nothing and complaining about why you feel this way and that you do not like feeling this way as it is restricting you from getting your tasks done is a reverse psychology that makes the people around you believe you are not happy with it. But it still doesn’t change the fact that you need rest as it is your “sick day.”
Also, complaining is something that we do not like. It is tolerable if done, but things are righteous when overdone. Here is where you have to make the balance. Check that you complain enough to make the people around you concerned for you but don’t overdo it. Overdoing it might backfire on you.
4. Faking Sick With the Help of a Doctor’s Note
This is one of the best ways to make your parents, friends, and teachers believe you are legitimately ill. But getting one is difficult. Maybe you should discover more ways of getting it. Be it using some photo editing tools or even learning creative writing, for that matter. Although not ethical yet, a chance worth taking once in a while. After all, you don’t get to enjoy every day, and occasionally taking a risk for your enjoyment and me time is not that bad of a deal.
Make it a point to have some medicines and a course of time for the medicines prescribed by the doctor, mentioned on the note. You might even consider buying those medicines but not using them. Don’t worry about them getting wasted; we never know when you or your family might end up needing them for real.
So, what do you say? Want to have a look at how you can do that? There you go.
These were a few tips and tricks to effectively slack a day off from school and enjoy your me time. These may seem risky and wrong, but, an adventure worth giving a shot at. There is no harm in doing the wrong thing once in a while as long as it doesn’t cause trouble to other people. Have a good one! Congratulations on your hard and well-earned day home.